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GGHSON Ribbon Cutting – We had a great turnout and beautiful day for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON) ribbon cutting this past Tuesday. The school’s namesake, Gayle, and her husband Woody Hunt were joined by their family; Paul L. Foster and his wife Alejandra De La Vega Foster; TTU Regent Rick Francis and his wife Ginger; TTU System Chancellor Robert Duncan, GGHSON Founding Dean Jeanne Novotny, R.N., Ph.D., and many more – to officially open the health science centers newest building. Guests were treated to tours of the building, while students joined the festivities.

Chancellor’s Awards – While in town, TTU System Chancellor Robert Duncan also announced the TTUHSC El Paso recipients of the annual Chancellor’s Council distinguished faculty awards. Harry “Pete” Davis II, M.D., associate professor and vice chairman for education in the Department of Internal Medicine, and Janet Piskurich, Ph.D., college master and professor in the Department of Medical Education were both honored with Distinguished Teaching Awards. Rajkumar Lakshmanaswamy, Ph.D., associate professor and associate dean for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and Richard W. McCallum, M.D., professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, both received Distinguished Research Awards. Congratulations to them! Read more about our winners in this week’s Tech View blog.

Leadership Texas – TTUHSC El Paso administrators Ginger Pineda Raya and Susanne Van Weelden, both from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and assistant vice chancellor of Institutional Advancement, Victoria Pineda, were selected to participate in the Leadership Texas Class of 2015. Participating in this yearlong program will further broaden their knowledge of programs throughout Texas, and allow them to act as ambassadors for our university. Congratulations!

Healthy Habits –TTUHSC El Paso is part of the Paso del Norte Foundation initiative “Healthy Eating Active Living”, which was recently awarded $7 million. The University of Texas at El Paso and University of Texas Health Sciences Center Houston, School of Public Health are also part of this collaboration, which will focus on developing innovative and sustainable solutions for healthy eating in the Paso del Norte region. Learn more in this week’s Tech View blog.